Founded in 1939, the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC) is the largest public research organization in Spain, and the third largest in Europe. 

CSIC’s objective is to carry out research that can be used for technological and scientific progress. The organization also acts in an advisory capacity, helping to shape policy within the European Union. For this reason the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and the European Union have both hailed CSIC for the important role it plays in European science, research, policy, and development.   

The CSIC is a multidisplicinary organization consisting of eight areas: 

• Humanities and social sciences
• Biology and biomedicine
• Natural resources
• Agricultural sciences
• Physical science and technology
• Materials science and technology
• Food science and technology
• Chemical science and technology

CSIC has over 120 subsidiary research centers throughout Spain.